Excursions | API Study Abroad
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Excursions

Highlights

  • Classes taught in Spanish and English
  • Service-learning and research opportunities

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Open to high-intermediate and advanced-level Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • University contact information form
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with student visa

Add on a Volunteer Program!

  • API students completing a study abroad program (particularly in Latin America) may be interested in extending their stay on an API volunteer abroad program. Click on the link below for more information on options and pricing.
  • Volunteer Add-On Options

Dates & Fees

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
Aug 15, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017
$15,980
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 9, 2018 - May 18, 2018
$16,380
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Mid-Aug, 2018 - Late Dec, 2018
$16,380
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Mid-Aug, 2018 - Mid-May, 2019
$31,680
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Aug 15, 2017 - May 18, 2018
$30,960

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 15, 2017 (Priority: Mar 1, 2017)
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jun 1, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 15, 2017 (Priority: Oct 1, 2017)
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 1, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 15, 2018 (Priority: Mar 1, 2018)
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jun 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 15, 2018 (Priority: Mar 1, 2018)
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jun 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 15, 2017 (Priority: Mar 1, 2017)
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jun 1, 2017

Excursions

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Quito programs. All excursions are subject to change.

SPRING
AMAZONAS

On the way to the Amazon Rainforest our group will make a short stop in Papallacta which is a small village located at an altitude of 3,300 m. Descending from the peak to Papallacta, the ecosystems transforms from alpine to tropical jungle. Students will visit the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, in a region called the Sacred Valley of Cotundo, within the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, where the Eastern Slope of the Andes ends and the Amazon jungle begins. Students will be able to do a variety of activities in the rainforest, such as hikes, walks, native experiences to make their trip 100% enjoyable!

MITAD DEL MUNDO – PULULAHUA

Students can straddle two different hemispheres during this half-day visit to the equator at Ecuador’s famous ‘Mitad del Mundo’ with a stop at Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Students can try out some unique physics experiments demonstrating the influence of the earth’s poles at the Intiñan Museum, and see the on-site Ethnographic Museum chronicling the people of Ecuador. Students will also get a chance to admire the beautiful landscape of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve during a brief stop.

OTAVALO

Otavalo is a town in northern Ecuador surrounded by dormant volcanoes and famous for its extensive handicraft market. On route to the town, students will see Imbabura Volcano, San Pablo Lake and Parque Condor, where visitors can watch birds like Andean condors and falcons swoop high and low. Once in the market, weave through its maze of colored textiles in search of the perfect souvenir and then learn more about the weavers with a visit to Peguche.

QUILOTOA

Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. It is one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America.

FALL

CAYAMBE

Cayambe is a massive glaciated extinct volcano located 65km northeast of Quito. It is both Ecuador’s third highest peak and the third highest peak in the America’s north of the Equator. It also has the distinction of being the highest point on the Earth’s surface through which the Equator directly passes. The city of Cayambe is a renowned home-made cheese and “”bizcochos” It’s also a regional centre for Ecuador’s flower industry (Ecuador’s fourth-largest export). Students will visit the  “Quitsato Sundial”, a touristic sundial, and very possibly one of the most accurate places in the world created to determine equator position.

MINDO

Mindo is known for its high concentration of bird species, making birdwatching a must for any visitor! Students will visit the Cascadas del Nambillo (waterfalls), tour a chocolate factory, and experience a butterfly garden, as well as enjoying a hike through the reserve.

OTAVALO

Otavalo is a town in northern Ecuador surrounded by dormant volcanoes and famous for its extensive handicraft market. On route to the town, students will see Imbabura Volcano, San Pablo Lake and Parque Condor, where visitors can watch birds like Andean condors and falcons swoop high and low. Once in the market, weave through its maze of colored textiles in search of the perfect souvenir and then learn more about the weavers with a visit to Peguche.

PUERTO LOPEZ

Puerto Lopez is a traditional fishing town on the central coast of Ecuador famous for humpback whale watching, the Machalilla National Park, and the poor man’s alternative to the Galapagos – Isla de la Plata. There’s tons to see, including trails, forests, beaches and reefs. Be ready to visit Los Frailes, which is considered to be the most gorgeous beach in Ecuador!